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I am gobsmacked and angry ...

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Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 12 Nov 2012 12:30

At what her indoors has just told me. :-|

Apparently last week my 12yr old granddaughter and some others went to school wearing Poppies.
They were made to remove them, I am seething with disgust at the action taken by the staff at this school.
Don't they they know the Poppy is in no way to glorify Wars, it is to remember and pay respect to the many fallen men and women that gave their lives for the right of their children and loved ones to grow up knowing freedom.

All I can say to those despicable persons at that particular school is the catchphrase of Mrs Brown...

"That's nice" :-P


PricklyHolly Report 12 Nov 2012 12:33

In the words of Victor Meldrew........

"I don't believe it" !!! :-|


wisechild Report 12 Nov 2012 12:35

When I was at school, the school always used to sell poppies.
Mind you, that was a few years ago :-(
What reason was given.....if any?


Julia Report 12 Nov 2012 12:38

Don't let it lie Jimbob. Take it up with the person rersponsible at the school. I would.

Julia in Derbyshire

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 12 Nov 2012 12:42

Her indoors didn't mention any reason, but did say some of the teachers were wearing poppies.

Maybe something to do with the school being highly multiracial.

GOD! I`m still shaking with anger.


AnninGlos Report 12 Nov 2012 12:44

I think their parents should seek an explanation. maybe some of them (not your Granddaughter and her friends) were causing trouble with the pins? Just a thought.


Potty Report 12 Nov 2012 13:03

Agree with Ann, possibly a safety issue.


ChrisofWessex Report 12 Nov 2012 13:08

And were all the men/women who died, white and christian? To my mind we had at least gurkhas, indians and the west indies. I expect there were non-christians amongst them.

Sound like head teacher needs a strong lecture - however were it me I would put a complaint in writing to the Board of Governors, copying the Head Teacher.

For our tomorrows they gave us their today.


Wend Report 12 Nov 2012 13:10

It could be a safety issue, but if I were your granddaughter's parent, Jimbob, I would definitely enquire with with the school as to the reason.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 12 Nov 2012 13:13

My first thought was the same, re the pins being a safety issue.if some teachers were wearing poppies it isn't likely to be because of a blanket ban for dubious reasons.


Merlin Report 12 Nov 2012 13:16

Perhaps your Local Paper or even the Nationals could find out the reason, plus an apology from the School involved. :-S


Guinevere Report 12 Nov 2012 13:34

Sounds like it's a safety issue because of the pins. I'm sure there will be an explanation.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 12 Nov 2012 13:41

Just come off the phone from talking to grand daughters mum.
Seems the only reason given by the one particular teacher concerned was that the poppy was not part of the school uniform.
Nothing was mentioned about safety.
Strangely enough the teacher in question was wearing a poppy themselves.
Daughter sent girl back to school next day with the poppy on show and was told if her teacher asks her to take it off again, the teacher must phone her mum and give a valid reason as to why he/she (the teacher) could wear a poppy but not the pupil.

Don't know whether grandaughter took the poppy off before she got to school or not, she didn`t say.
Suppose she might have done, as she is a little on the timid side.


PollyinBrum Report 12 Nov 2012 14:05

I personally (and this is just me) would ring the school and ask for an explanation, they should aplologise to children concerened. Not part of the school uniforn! What a feeble excuse, I admire your granddaughters Mum and hope that the little girl wore her Poppy at school. Last year our local council said that the were not allowing Poppy collections in the City centre on the Saturday before Rememberance Sunday. I along with many other peolpe complained to the Council the local press and I emailed my local MP. I am happy to say that the council changed their decision and the collections went ahead.


Bobtanian Report 12 Nov 2012 15:31

neither is it part of a military uniform!!!

but soldiers wear them..

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 12 Nov 2012 16:27

Thats a disgusting attitude by the school. :-|

Next step is head teacher, then local paper if you are still not satisfied.

I work in a primary school & poppies were sold & children wore them. Dont know if pins were used to secure them though.

My daughters secondary school also sold poppies, with pins, we laughed as she came home with just a stalk the poppy having fallen off. Shes said "Ive paid for it, the stalk stays!" ;-) :-D :-D


BarbinSGlos Report 12 Nov 2012 17:27

Doesn't teach the kids about respecting Rememberance Day does it.

At a parade yesterday morning and not a bobby in sight a car was trying to drive through. When a man tried to stop him he gave the v sign and drove round them all.



LaGooner Report 12 Nov 2012 17:34

It's not part of Guiding uniform either but every single one of us in this village wore one


StrayKitten Report 12 Nov 2012 18:02

our school sells poppys but secures them with tape, which usually falls of to be honest,


maggiewinchester Report 13 Nov 2012 00:16

I find the school's attitude amazing.
These children are at SCHOOL, not a detention centre (where they're probably allowed to wear poppies, albeit without pins)

As the child is 12 - it's not a primary school - surely they can handle pins?